Luisa Ortiz, founder and CEO of Sister of N.E.W., worked for nearly ten years in the construction trades in New York City. She recently dropped us a note about her iGive Cause:
“The Sister of N.E.W. Corporation (Non-Traditional Employment for Women) has developed an innovative initiative for providing apprenticeship, and training in nontraditional occupations for female veterans, low income women, and women on welfare. Our focus is on developing workforce opportunities and empowering women to gain industry knowledge and employment opportunities, facilitating the ability to leave the public assistance system, or begin a career that offers higher wages and is more sustainable. Sister of N.E.W. Corp (a non-profit corporation) will be uniquely positioned to help Unions, contractors and developers employ more trades women. Sister of N.E.W. Corp will improve Florida’s Construction industry workforce by preparing reliable, motivated individuals for the skilled trades. ”
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Susan C. is this month’s iGive Super Shopper! Susan has raised over $100 for her cause, Frostig. The Frostig Center is celebrating over 60 years of excellence in serving children with learning disabilities and iGive is celebrating Susan for her supportive efforts.
“The shared objective of all The Frostig Center’s unique programs is to enrich and enhance the lives of children with learning disabilities. We were founded in 1951 by Marianne Frostig, Ph.D., who was a pioneer, leader and advocate in education for children with learning disabilities. In fact, she was helping children with learning disabilities before there was even a medical term for this diagnosis.”
iGive.com & Williams Sonoma have teamed up to provide Susan with a $150 Gift Card, as a thank you for all she’s done on behalf of her cause.
Power of the Paw
Power of the Paw, based in Post Falls, ID, will rescue and rehome those animals most at need — at risk of euthanasia at local kill shelters — and does not discriminate because of age, breed or health issues.
iGive member Melody, sent this inspiring note: “I became involved with Power of the Paw (a 501(c)3 foster based rescue) last year. I have donated, volunteered and fostered. We adopted 3 of our fosters …2 who are elderly who need extra care and one silly little Yorkie. We are now fostering a cat that Power of the Paw rescued from the Indian Reservation just 2 days before she gave birth to 7 babies in our home.
“Power of the Paw is partial to those animals who need the most help, and has rescued so many older dogs that have been owner surrendered abandoned. And every single one of them has found a loving home to spend the rest of their life! Being involved with rescue has given purpose and meaning to my life, and I am a much better person because of it.”
You can see available animals here and join Melody in supporting this great Cause with your iGive shopping!
Patricia K. is the Super Shopper for iGive this month! Patricia has raised nearly $200 for her cause, St. Matthew’s UMC, Bowie, MD.
Inspired by the words of John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”
“All are welcome at St. Matthew’s. Everyone is invited to join in worship, education, fellowship and mission opportunities. Come just as you are to share in prayer and praise. We are a vibrant, loving congregation dedicated to making the world a better place and sharing the love of Christ with all of God’s children. No matter who you are, where you came from, or where you are going, there is a place for you here and we hope you will join us!”
As a thank you for her efforts on behalf of her Cause, Patricia will receive a pair of 14k gold earrings from iGive partner, Blue Nile Canada.
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and no-kill shelters to offer important programs and services to save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. Receiving no government funding, we are supported by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
2014 Progress Report
• More than 8 out of 10 lives saved
• More than 60,000
• More than 15,000
transfers from AC&C
• More than 13,700 transports through Wheels of Hope
iGive.com member Nikitas K. wrote in to say: “It’s a great and amazing charity to be part of that I am honored to be part of something so great and positive! People all around the state should help us in creating more in helping our animals stay well.” You can join Nikitas by signing up for iGive.com here and shopping our 1700+ partner stores!
Karan C. is this month’s Super Shopper! Karan raised over $1,000 in one month.
That’s right – OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS has been raised by one member for Maharishi School, in Fairfield, IA. This non-profit private school serves pre-school through grade 12 students, with college prep courses and an average student-to-faculty ration of 12:1. Fully accredited, Maharashi school offers a unique program of consciousness-based education that develops the full potential of its students, while giving them firm grounding in all the traditional subjects.
In addition to the Consciousness-Based Education offered, the Maharashi School and the town of Fairfield are leading the way in Sustainability, Solar Power, and Seed to Table initiatives.
iGive.com and eBooks have partnered to send Karan a $100.00 gift certificate. Congrats & keep up the good work!
Bat World Sanctuary has a super supporter in Diana C. She recently raised over $140 for her Cause and as a thank you, she’ll receive a $100 Gift Card from Amazon.com to continue raising money by shopping at over 1700 stores via iGive.
Located in Weatherford, Texas, Bat World Sanctuary is on the front-line to end the mistreatment of bats. Each year they rescue hundreds of bats who might otherwise die. Lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, and retired from the exotic pet trade, zoos and research facilities. Bat World was founded in 1994 and is a 501c3 non-profit, accredited organization with both the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.
You can get up close & personal, without leaving your desktop with Live Bat Cams and you can even Adopt-A-Bat (talk about a unique gift!).
National Seizure Disorders Foundation (NSDF) bridges the gap between diagnosis and cure for 65+ million affected by seizures across the globe. The benefits offered through iGive have helped NSDF provide education, support, and resources that lift affected people from isolation and self-oppression to overcoming the bondage of diagnosis and to actively being more than a diagnosis. NSDF empowers people affected by seizures to live productive lives, overcoming guilt, shame, worry, and fear.
In the words of NSDF supporter and iGive member Tonya: “Most recently, iGive has strengthened our “Rewarding Our Caregivers” program and allowed NSDF to provide a chosen family caregiver the resources he needed to continue providing for the seizure survivor in his life. Do your part to make this world a better place. Encourage others to use iGive.”
You can learn more about the Caregivers program and nominate the caregiver in your life here.
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Buddha Maitreya the Christ offers meditation and dharma teachings to those looking for a more spiritual existence. He is the Medicine Buddha, offering healing blessings to those who seek them. One iGive member describes his teachings below:
“Buddha Maitreya the Christ offers Om Pyramid Group Meditations live online – an offering he makes for people to share his meditation and receive his blessings. Buddha Maitreya teaches about receiving his healing blessings and what it means to meditate on OM. He teaches about virtue and his transmission of virtue, how he transmutes glamours unconditionally through meditating with people, and through blessing his tools so that everyone can receive the offering of His Incarnation. All the donations goes to clinics he supports and feeding people.”